Why You Should Attend the 2019 FRA
Annual Conference

The opportunities for our communities are there if we are knowledgeable and ready. See below a list of the top reasons why the FRA Annual Conference is beneficial for both you and your community and how you can make the most of attending. These examples are from our members who have attended every year. 
  • The FRA conference is the only conference specifically focused on Community Redevelopment Areas, and how they are operated, funded and governed. Try as you might, you will not find another expert source on the topic of community redevelopment statewide or nationally.
     
  • The contacts you make at the conference involve picking people's brains about your projects, and the attendees and vendors are more than happy to share what they know to help you get started.
     
  • Measure the cost of hiring out to accomplish something that you could do yourself, based on your contacts and information learned at the conference. 
     
  • Report when you return, and share tools, ideas, best practices and "things learned" that you might be able to use locally from the conference.
This year's conference is October 16-18 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. To learn more about the benefits of attending the conference or to register, visit our official 2019 FRA Annual Conference page.
Preventing Ransomware: Tools, Tips, Techniques and Technology

There have been several recent high-profile ransomware attacks that have cost Florida local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars. And they are becoming more common. 

To help combat these attacks, the Florida Local Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA) is offering multiple webinars over the next few weeks to discuss ransomware. 

The webinars will be presented by technology and security experts and are open to all Florida local government staff.

To learn more about this webinar series or to register, click here.
Jobs Around the State 

To search and browse all openings, click here .

CRA Director - City of Florida 

The City of Florida is seeking a community redevelopment executive director responsible for management of CRA projects and budgets, as well as managing, planning, economic development and design services to the Florida City CRA. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in urban planning, economics, business administration or a related field and four years of development experience.

To view the full opening,  click here.  

Public Works Director/City Engineer - City of Sebastian

The City of Sebastian is looking to hire a public works director/city engineer. Responsibilities include planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the Stormwater and Roads Division. This position reports to the city manager. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and at least five years experience in professional engineering.

To view the full opening,  click here.  
Annual Conference Scam Notice

FRA staff, members and those interested in the annual conference have received  several scam calls and emails  regarding hotel reservations and rates.

The scammers have asked for conference information, hotel details and contact information, so you can sign-up for a "special rate." Please do not give them any of this information. 

If you are contacted by anyone other than a FRA representative regarding hotel reservations for the conference (via phone OR email), please disregard the contact as it will be a scam.
Tallahassee Mural Paints Bright Future

The City of Tallahassee recently partnered with the Downtown Improvement Authority, LeMoyne Arts, KCCI and the "Girls Can Do Anything" campers from the Oasis Center for Women and Girls to paint a mural over a retaining wall. 

The often graffitied wall now stands as a vibrant work of art. The design features different colored shapes and the handprints of city leaders, community members and the campers. 

"In addition to instilling the volunteer spirit in our youth and brightening up our downtown, we are hopeful that this artistic expression will help combat graffiti in the area," said  City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox.

The beautification project is a precursor to the recently approved graffiti abatement pilot program. The program, set to be implemented later this year, aims to prevent and eliminate graffiti and includes funding for murals. 

 To learn more about this project,  click here.
The Latest RFPs and RFQs

To search and browse all openings, click here .

Sunset Strip Square - City of Sunrise RFQ

The City of Sunrise is soliciting qualifications and proposals from developers, companies or teams interested in developing a three acre site called Sunset Strip. The property is located in the east Sunrise redevelopment area. The City is in support of multifamily residential development with possible live/work component that is innovative and stimulates investment from adjacent neighborhoods. 

To view the full request,  click here.  
Show Your Support for Redevelopment By:

 
Registering for the 2019 FRA Annual Conference in Downtown Tampa!

Annual conference registration, information and hotel rates can be found  here. 

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